Andrew C. Krakowski, MD, is the first winner of the “Dermatologist from the Heart” program in the US, which was launched in partnership with La Fondation La Roche-Posay.
Dr. Krakowski, pediatric dermatologist from La Jolla, CA, was presented with a $10,000 grant in support of “MissionSkin.org,” his project that seeks to create an internet-based platform for physicians to share knowledge about scar treatment.
Dr. Krakowski was chosen out of a pool of applicants who submitted proposals outlining projects aimed at enhancing patients’ quality of life. A five-member panel reviewed each submission. Dr. Krakowski was recognized at an awards ceremony held last month at the American Society for Dermatological Surgery.
The inspiration for his project came about when Dr. Krakowski observed the significant lack of open discussion regarding scar treatment. This area of medicine has historically been overlooked and under-appreciated, given that scars are often viewed as an expected consequence of injuries.
The goal of “MissionSkin.org” is to be “the first and only web portal dedicated to directly improving our knowledge of scar treatment and revision,” according to Dr. Krakowski’s proposal.
The benefit of the unique website is two-fold: scar patients will be connected with local experts in their region, and additionally, dermatologists, burn surgeons, reconstructive surgeons and primary care physicians will have a forum to consult with and educate one another regarding scar treatment options.
“It is truly an honor to have been chosen as the winner of the “Dermatologist from the Heart” program,” said Dr. Krakowski. “As a pediatric dermatologist, I’ve met hundreds of children who have been physically scarred, and I want nothing more than to give them, and countless other scar patients of all ages, easy access to treatment options that will relieve them of the physical reminders of their traumas, and ultimately, make them feel better about themselves.”
The La Fondation La Roche-Posay has plans to rollout the initiative across numerous other countries in the coming years.